Rubio tells Miami Dade College to cancel Confucius Institute

Feb 6, 2018 by

Image resultMiami Dade College is under pressure to disassociate itself from a controversial Chinese government-affiliated institution that has been criticized and canceled at some American universities over concerns about propaganda and censorship.

In a letter sent to the college Monday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio urged trustees to end their agreement with the Confucius Institute, which has hundreds of locations around the world. Funded and overseen by Hanban, an entity affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, the institute has allowed the college to offer courses on Chinese culture and language at its downtown and Kendall campuses, as well as a “language-based” study-abroad program to China.

The program has helped the college broaden its global perspective since it opened in 2010 during an inaugural ceremony attended by Miami’s mayor. In November, college president Eduardo Padrón referred to the institute as “a treasure in our community.” The college praised the program as “a relentless driver of positive social change through the expansion of community education and enrichment services in Chinese language and culture.”

 

Source: Rubio tells Miami Dade College to cancel Confucius Institute | Miami Herald

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